Over Three-Quarters of Cannabis Consumers Prefer Flower, Study Finds

Confirming what is common knowledge to some seasoned consumers, flower dominates as the preferred choice of cannabis consumption—by over three-quarters, to be exact. According to new findings, 77.5 percent of cannabis consumers prefer flower over concentrates and other delivery methods. The data was published August 19 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. A team of researchers associated with Arizona State University observed self-reported results from 574 people across the US. Consumption of flower was reported much more often than concentrates. Participants also reported more positive effects from smoking flower than from smoking or dabbing concentrates. Concentrates, while potent, occasionally create some minor problems such as harshness from the delivery method, as traces of residual butane and other ingredients could be present. “Participants reported using marijuana between 5-6 times per week and concentrates slightly more than once per month,” researchers noted. “Within-person comparisons of the subjective effects of marijuana and concentrates showed that marijuana was rated as producing greater overall positive effects, including greater positive affect and enhanced cognitive function. Negative effects of both marijuana and concentrates were minimal.” Overall, participants reported that they preferred flower over concentrates by more than three quarters. “Marijuana was selected over concentrates as the ‘preferred type’ of cannabis by 77.5% of participants,” the report reads. The results suggest that flower easily tops the list as the preferred delivery method of cannabis, confirming what many consumers already know. ”The conclusion that most marijuana consumers prefer low-to-moderate potency options over high potency options is hardly surprising,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “Just as the majority of those who consume alcohol prefer relatively low potency beer or wine over hard liquor, most adult-use cannabis consumers gravitate toward herbal cannabis preparations and away from the comparatively stronger alternatives.” You can’t argue with nature. Considering that flower produces the “Entourage Effect,” utilizing a delicate balance of phytocannabinoids, terpenes and other chemicals, nature knows best when it comes to potency and desired effects.

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